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The University of Oxford offers a unique experience to postgraduate students; the opportunity to work with leading academics and facilities. Successful applicants will join a large and diverse graduate community of more than 11,000 postgraduate students from over 150 different countries and territories, normally as part of an interdisciplinary community in one of Oxford's 44 colleges and permanent private halls. The university offers over 350 master's, doctoral and postgraduate certificate and diploma courses.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

10,275 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Domicile

  • UK 44%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 39%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 25 990 1015
Other 305 580 885
Computer Science 200 380 580
Education 75 465 540
Law 160 350 510
Biological Sciences 470 35 505
History 210 290 505
Mathematics 290 180 470
Medicine 345 30 375
Politics 120 240 360
Anatomy & Physiology 320 40 355
Chemistry 355 5 355
General Engineering 350 0 350
Economics 50 275 325
Geography & Environmental Science 135 125 260
Physics & Astronomy 230 10 245
English 95 135 230
Social Policy 35 180 215
Theology & Religious Studies 70 140 210
Psychology 75 130 205
Archaeology 85 95 175
Anthropology 45 115 160
Philosophy 55 95 150
Materials Technology 130 10 140
Sociology 45 80 125
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 0 110 110
Classics & Ancient History 60 50 110
East & South Asian Studies 5 90 95
Linguistics 20 55 70
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 35 35 70
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 10 60 70
Music 35 35 70
History of Art, Architecture & Design 20 45 65
Geology 60 0 60
Accounting & Finance 0 55 55
Creative Writing 0 50 50
Middle Eastern & African Studies 5 50 50
Communication & Media Studies 10 20 30
Social Work 15 15 30
Art & Design 10 15 30
Librarianship & Information Management 25 0 25
Agriculture & Forestry 0 20 20
Russian & East European Languages 0 15 15
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 0 10 10

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Over 1,000 graduate fully-funded scholarships are available, which cover course fees and provide a grant for living costs. Support is available for students of all nationalities, covering the spectrum of academic subject areas.
  • Most scholarships require only the standard course application; if students fulfil the eligibility criteria, they will automatically be considered. All scholarships worth over £1,000 are advertised through the Fees, Funding and Scholarship search on the university website. Applicants can use this tool to check their eligibility, whether any additional material is required, and find full details of how to apply.
  • The vast majority of Oxford scholarships are awarded to applicants who submit their course application by the relevant January deadline; some additional scholarships are also offered by departments, details of which can be found on the relevant university departmental websites.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Oxford offers a variety of accommodation options and living arrangements to cater for the differing needs of postgraduate students. Many colleges offer accommodation to students for all or part of their course, however it is not possible to guarantee accommodation to all applicants.
  • Some colleges make provision for specific requirements, such as student couples or families, and there is accommodation specifically adapted for students with disabilities.
  • Please refer to the university's Graduate Admissions website for further details, including information about college rent and other charges.